Rafael Nadal

  • Watch: Wimbledon can wait. There's a game called 'Wimbjuggledon' where Rafael Nadal is this year's champion! 4 days ago

    Did you know there's a game called 'Wimbjuggledon'? It's just like Wimbledon, only less serious. The game is a cross between tennis and juggling and has just one rule: the ball can't hit the grass. Rafael Nadal may not have been able to win this year's Wimbledon, but he wins...
  • US Open singles champions to get record 3 million dollars July 9, 2014

    White Plains: The 2014 US Open men's and women's singles champions will earn a record $3 million apiece this year. The US Tennis Association also announced on Wednesday that the total purse for the tournament will be $38.3 million, an increase of 11.7 per cent from $34.3 million last year. The...
  • Rafael Nadal refuses to give up on Wimbledon July 2, 2014

    London: Rafael Nadal won't turn his back on Wimbledon despite a third successive flop engineered by 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios in a frightening glimpse of what the future may hold for the 14-time Grand Slam winner. The undisputed king of the French Open, where he has nine titles and owns a staggering...
  • Rafael Nadal stunned by 19-year-old Kyrgios at Wimbledon July 2, 2014

    London: Two-time champion Rafael Nadal lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Tuesday. The 144th-ranked Kyrgios, a wild-card entry, hit 37 aces and delivered a between-the-legs winner on one point. He is the first man to get to...
  • Sachin Tendulkar enjoys Nadal match at Wimbledon June 29, 2014

    London: Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday took some time off to enjoy an afternoon at the Wimbledon watching Rafael Nadal in action. Tendulkar was seated in the Royal Box of the Centre Court where he watched the match between Rafael Nadal and Mikhail Kukushkin. Looking dapper in an ink blue suit...
  • Rafael Nadal offers battling example to young players June 29, 2014

    London: Rafael Nadal believes the best example his successful generation have offered up-and-coming tennis players is that they never stop battling to beat each other but remain friends off the court. The world number one showed his fighting qualities again on Saturday when he lost the first set to unheralded Kazakh...
  • Rafael Nadal recovers to win against Mikhail Kukushkin at Wimbledon June 28, 2014

    London: Rafael Nadal overcame another slow start at Wimbledon with a 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 win over Mikhail Kukushkin on a rainy Saturday that played havoc with the schedule. Under the closed roof on Centre Court, and with 16 other matches suspended due to the inclement weather, Nadal lost his...
  • Rafael Nadal eyes easier passage to Wimbledon fourth round June 28, 2014

    London: World number one Rafael Nadal, into the third round for the first time since 2011, will be hoping for an easier ride on the Wimbledon grass after two tough rounds when he meets Mikhail Kukushkin on Saturday. He joins three other former Wimbledon champions -- Roger Federer, Serena Williams and...
  • Nadal rallies against Rosol to avenge 2012 Wimbledon upset June 26, 2014

    London: Rafael Nadal was one point away from falling behind by two sets before rallying Thursday to beat Lukas Rosol, the Czech player who knocked him out at Wimbledon in the same round and on the same court two years ago. The top-ranked Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion, raised his game...
  • Rafael Nadal meets Lukas Rosol in revenge match at Wimbledon June 26, 2014

    French Open champion Rafael Nadal will face his 2012 Wimbledon nemesis, Lukas Rosol, on Thursday, knowing he will have to up his game to avoid another second-round exit at the hands of the Czech world number 52. After a first-round defeat at the All England Club last year, and failure at...
  • Rafael Nadal overcomes opening-set loss to advance at Wimbledon June 24, 2014

    London: For a set and a half, Rafael Nadal looked in danger of tumbling out in the first round of Wimbledon for the second year in a row. The left-hander dominating play on Centre Court was not the 14-time Grand Slam champion, it was 51st-ranked Martin Klizan of Slovakia. But the...
  • Rafael Nadal determined to make his mark in Wimbledon first round June 24, 2014

    London: World No.1 Rafael Nadal will begin his Wimbledon campaign against Slovakian Martin Klizan on Centre Court on Tuesday hoping to ease the painful memories of his past two years in south-west London. After a second-round defeat to Lukas Rosol in 2012, Nadal was dumped out by Belgian Steve Darcis in...
  • Federer, Nadal eager to put 2013 behind at Wimbledon June 22, 2014

    London: Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal - and sometimes both - appeared in all 10 Wimbledon finals from 2003-12, combining to claim nine of those titles. Neither made it that far in 2013. Not even close. Federer lost his second match at the All England Club. Nadal exited in the first...
  • Sunil Gavaskar buys stake in Singapore IPTL franchise June 19, 2014

    London: A self-confessed tennis fan, former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar has bought stake in the Singapore franchise of veteran Mahesh Bhupathi's ambitious brainchild - the International Premier Tennis League. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Gavaskar was unveiled as one of the co-owners of the franchise ahead of...
  • Rafael Nadal primed for switch to grass June 12, 2014

    After washing the clay dust out of his socks following his ninth French Open crown, world number one Rafa Nadal switches to grass on Thursday with a second-round clash against wildcard Dustin Brown at the Gerry Weber Open. The Spaniard, who beat Novak Djokovic to continue his Roland Garros domination on...
  • News 360: Search operation still on in Manali dam tragedy June 9, 2014

    With little hope of survival, authorities are looking for 22 people out of 26 who went missing from the Pandoh dam when officials of a dam upstream released water without prior notice on Sunday. The bodies of four students have been recovered so far while 22 students, a faculty member...
  • Rafael Nadal closes in on Roger Federer's hoard June 9, 2014

    When Roger Federer won his 17th grand slam title in 2012, it seemed his record haul would last forever as it took more than a century of trying for a super-human male athlete to come along and win that many major trophies. Yet only two years later, a younger, fitter, hungrier...
  • Nadal holds onto No. 1; Sharapova up to No. 5 June 9, 2014

    Rafael Nadal has held onto the ATP's No. 1 ranking thanks to his ninth French Open title. Maria Sharapova's second trophy at Roland Garros moved her up three spots to No. 5 on the WTA list on Monday. If Nadal had lost Sunday's final to No. 2 Novak Djokovic, they would have...
  • Rafael Nadal on cloud nine after soaring to new heights June 9, 2014

    Paris: One man's despair was another man's ecstasy as the most inopportune of double faults propelled a world-beating Rafa Nadal into a nine-times French Open champion on Sunday. Waiting to launch into a second serve on match point down, a yell from the stands, followed by another, left a distracted Novak...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win ninth French Open title June 8, 2014

    At the French Open, there's just no one better than Rafael Nadal. The "King of Clay" proved that again on Sunday, winning the title at Roland Garros for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in the final. Nadal improved his...
  • Nadal faces pressure test against rival Djokovic in French Open final June 8, 2014

    Rafael Nadal knows he will have to find a way of dealing with Novak Djokovic's pressure game if he is going to beat his great rival and win a ninth French Open title, the Spaniard said on Friday. Premature predictions that now might be a good time to face Nadal...
  • Nadal thrashes Murray to meet Djokovic in French Open final June 6, 2014

    Paris: Rafael Nadal is going for No. 9 at the French Open, and the only man that can stop him is Novak Djokovic. Nadal is already a record eight-time champion with a lifetime 65-1 record at Roland Garros. One more victory on the red clay will make him the first man...
  • Nadal back in French Open semi-finals for ninth time June 5, 2014

    Paris: Rafael Nadal rallied to advance to the French Open semi-finals for the ninth time, beating David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 on Wednesday. The eight-time champion at Roland Garros dropped a set at this year's tournament for the first time, but then seemed to race through the next three...
  • Gael Monfils takes centre stage in Paris ahead of Nadal June 4, 2014

    Rafael Nadal has won more Roland Garros titles than anyone yet he has been shunted off the main showcourt on Wednesday to make way for Frenchman Gael Monfils who has never made a grand slam final in almost a decade of trying. Nadal will continue his pursuit of a record-extending ninth...
  • Nadal wins again to reach French Open quarters June 2, 2014

    Paris: Rafael Nadal won a record 32nd straight match at the French Open on Monday, beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. Nadal is an eight-time French Open champion with a 63-1 record on the red clay in Paris. But his only loss came in the fourth round in 2009,...
  • Rafael Nadal says back is bothering him at French Open May 31, 2014

    Paris: World No.1 Rafael Nadal on Saturday said that his back is bothering him and forcing him to hit slower serves. The eight-time French Open champion said after his third-round victory that his back has been aching since the start of the tournament and he's been wearing tape on it. Nadal averaged...
  • Rafael Nadal stretches French Open winning streak to 31 May 31, 2014

    Paris: Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal stretched his French Open winning streak to 31 matches, equaling his longest run at the tournament, with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 victory over 65th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in the third round on Saturday. The last time Nadal won 31 in a row at Roland Garros,...
  • Roger Federer cherishes perfect point in 2008 Wimbledon final May 30, 2014

    Paris: Of all the perfect points Roger Federer has played in his stellar career, the 17-times grand slam champion singled out one from possibly one of his harshest defeats - the 2008 Wimbledon final. Asked by French sports daily L'Equipe on Friday to pick the landmark moments in his career, the...
  • Nadal masters young apprentice, Murray hits form in French Open May 30, 2014

    Rafael Nadal provided a claycourt lesson for one of the game's young apprentices at the French Open when he crushed rising Austrian Dominic Thiem with a masterly display to reach the third round on Thursday. The eight-times champion showed flashes of his intimidating best in a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win that...
  • Rafael Nadal storm into French Open third round May 29, 2014

    Paris: Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal improved his French Open record to 61-1 after beating big-hitting Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday. The Spaniard's only defeat at Roland Garros was in the fourth round against Robin Soderling five years ago. He was never in danger of losing this time,...